Lockdown: Harare in total shutdown

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The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) together with the Zimbabwe National Army has declared Harare a-no-go-area forcing all businesses and shops to close as Advocate Thabani Mpofu is set to appear in court this afternoon.

In an observation by this publication this afternoon police officers and soldiers were forcing shops to close down regardless of the lockdown regulations that were eased two weeks ago.

Some of the places that were deserted by the time of this publication include Copacabana, Gulf Complex and Fourth street where people had begun operating stalls for the past two weeks.

The state security apparatus were on high alert after it was tipped off that some elements within the opposition would stage demonstrations in Harare to copy the protests currently happening in the United States of America (USA).

This comes after supporters of both Zanu PF and MDC and other non-partisan Zimbabweans condemned the arrest of Mpofu over charges of misrepresenting information in the constitutional courts.

Commentators said it was high time Zimbabwe stands up and fight for their rights.

Posting on her twitter Samantha Musa, a popularly radio personality  known as Miss Red, responding to the picture of Mpofu said a lot of injustice in Zimbabwe had taken place without taking action and this had dragged us behind as a country

At this rate hapana kwatiri kuenda! This is not it… too much happens and most sit in their comfortable corners watching in silence.”

Whilst a known Zanu PF supporter Munya Midzi posted saying the ZRP actions were too much and needed to be checked.

“I do not agree with the circumstances surrounding @adv_fulcrum Thabani Mpofus arrest.This is wrong ! @PoliceZimbabwe You must be called to order.

Yes I said it, ini mwana we Zanu PF.”

However political commentator Pedzisai Ruhanya suggested that the clearing of people in town was meant to stop the opposition from staging a fight against MDCT president Thokozani Khupe who are tipped off to occupy the MDC Headqaurters Harvest House following a Supreme Court judgement.

Khupe wants to occupy MDC Harvest House HQ immediately with the support of special security agents. This could be one of the reasons Harare is on lockdown. They want to do that with minimum disturbances in town, someone has suggested. Anything is possible under ZANU PF.

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